1899

Aug. 26, 1899-If the report made by Superintendent Griffin of the Diamond Mine, there is reason to believe that the mines on this end of the Range will no longer be idle. There is now in the stockpile 25,000 to 30,000 tons of good ore that has been out since work was abandoned about seven years ago.

 

Aug. 26, 1899-A.M. Johnson will open the Boston Grand Saloon in Grand Rapids.

 

Aug. 26, 1899-Teachers at Central School in Grand Rapids this school year will be Professor E.T. Carroll, Anna Donaldson, Julia O’Connor, Margaret Doran, Chink Cleveland, Mabel Little, Clara Grove, Kathrine Irish and Hattie Gibson. Other teachers in the school district are Mary Weaver, Miss Moran, Miller Smith, Mabel Jellison and Miss MaCumber.

 

1909

Aug. 25, 1909-F.W. Hill, Methodist preacher at Coleraine, was arrested for allegedly offering a bribe. It is said he would cease prosecution of saloon men in Bovey for $1,289.50.

 

Aug. 25, 1909-Itasca County Commissioners decided to equip the county jail with 20 additional cells.

 

1919

Aug. 27, 1919-The Minnesota Veneer Works will operate in Grand Rapids. I closed a contract with Charles Chalberg for the construction of the new buildings. It was recently burned out in Deer River.

 

Aug. 27, 1919-Christopher T. Sexton, Grand Rapids, received a Croix de Guerre with bronze leaf from the French government for bravery in action in 1918.

 

Aug. 27, 1919-Itasca County children who will compete in the state fair are Elma Laliberte, Fannie Dibble, Eloise Laliberte, Dean Affleck, Vera LeFebre, Olive Murphy, Verdle Hendriks, Margaret Anderson, Arthur Welte, Clarence Bunnell, Marion Phillips and Mary Streetar.

 

1929

Aug. 21, 1929-People in the vicinity of Wawina, Swan River, Goodland, Warba and Jacobson are making definite plans for a large new cooperative creamery.

 

Aug. 21, 1929-The busiest highway in Itasca County is between Grand Rapids and Coleraine where an average of 1,698 vehicles passed every 24 hours.

 

1939

Aug. 23, 1939-Leo Hayslip has repurchased the store he started in Talmoon from Mr. LaValley.

 

Aug. 23, 1939-Selmer Unden, 45, superintendent of the WPA transient camp at Thistledew, died.

 

Aug. 23, 1939-James Connell uncovered a fossil bone in his yard one block south of the senior high school on Pokegama Avenue.

 

Aug. 23, 1939-Hill CIty will try a municipal liquor store starting next month.

 

1949

Aug. 25. 1949-Two deaths from polio were reported in Itasca County. Dead are Mrs. Vic Freeland of Grand Rapids and Robert Mayer of Marcell.

 

Aug. 25. 1949-Two Hibbing persons were killed in separate traffic accidents on Highway 169 at an underpass between Calumet and Pengilly. They are Gust Erickson, 36, and Mrs. R.J. Barlet.

 

Aug. 25. 1949-State Sen. George O’Brien of Grand Rapids was elected chairman of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Commission.

 

Aug. 25. 1949-Kathryn and Hugh Beaumont, Hollywood performers, will present a play in Bigfork.

 

Aug. 25. 1949-New teachers at Grand Rapids High School are Elma Lundeen and Barbara Ann Hein.

 

1959

Aug. 25, 1959-Old Settlers passed a resolution for a study to provide more adequate facilities for its collection of historical articles at the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

 

Aug. 25, 1959-Lloyd Riehle of Grand Rapids and Leevi Samuelson of Coleraine have purchased Gordon Sherman’s bulk fuel business. They have formed the West Range Oil Co.

 

Aug. 27, 1959-Construction will start on a three-story addition to the west end of Grand Rapids High School and on a one-story vocational shop building at the north end of the old junior high block. Completion date is Aug. 1, 1960.

 

Aug. 27, 1959-Six new buildings will be constructed at the YWCA Camp Mekahga on Pokegama Lake.

 

1969

Aug. 21, 1969-Terry Watson of Grand Rapids is one of eight Minnesota boys who will compete Aug. 23, in the All-American Soap Box Derby at Akron, Ohio.

 

Aug. 21, 1969-A ground-breaking ceremony was conducted for the new Grand Rapids State Bank just north of the post office on First Avenue NW.

 

Aug. 21, 1969-The Grand Rapids Village Council voted by a 3-2 margin to sell property in the American Legion Memorial Park to District 318 for $150,000 for a new high school site.

 

Aug. 25, 1969-District 318 students will be greeted by 37 new teachers when classes open Sept. 2.

 

Aug. 25, 1969-Itasca County 4-H representatives at the state fair are Barbara Black, Ella Inglebret, Brian Carlson, Guyda Darnell, Berenice Haverkost, Bob Anderson, Karen Olsen, Olis Olsen and Kathy Johnson.

 

1979

Aug. 23, 1979-Sen. Dave Durenberger of Minnesota said in Grand Rapids that it is time for the government to recognize the role of the private individual in the maintenance and stewardship of natural resources.

 

Aug. 23, 1979-The Itasca County Board split 2-2 on whether to continue efforts to seek funds for the purchase of Camp Lael. Camp Lael has 990 acres on Hanson Lake and is owned by the American Baptist Church.

 

Aug. 23, 1979-Paul Winberg moved a step closer to a shopping mall development in south Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids City Council members passed a resolution which declares “intent to seriously consider” vacating certain streets and avenues after specific requirements have been met by the developer.

 

Aug. 23, 1979-Temporary headquarters for the Itasca County Family YMCA have been established in Suite 203 of the First Northwestern Bank building in Grand Rapids.

 

Aug. 23, 1979-A moratorium on certain types of land development may be lifted by the end of September if amendments to the county’s subdivision platting regulations are approved next month, the Itasca County Board decided.

 

Aug. 23, 1979-The Itasca County Board killed plans for a public hearing that would have allowed citizens a chance to voice their opinion on local inspection and licensing of food, beverage and lodging facilities.

 

Aug. 27, 1979-Employment in the Grand Rapids area increased by 468 workers in the July reporting period.

 

Aug. 27, 1979-Plans are underway for a pilot hospice project in Itasca County.

 

1989

Aug. 23, 1989-By a draw from the hat, Ninth Judicial District Judge John Spellacy selected members of a commission charged with the responsibility of studying the organizational structure of county government.

 

Aug. 23, 1989-Mayor John Craig said that he is still undecided whether he will file to run again in this fall’s election.

 

Aug. 23, 1989-Itasca Nursing Home Director of Nursing Services Penny Braier will serve as acting administrator of that facility due to a county board decision.

 

Aug. 23, 1989-O. William Pettit, a board certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, has joined the medical staff at the Itasca Clinic in Grand Rapids.

 

Aug. 27, 1989-Grand Rapids City Council member Juan Lazo announced his intention to run again at a press conference.

 

Aug. 27, 1989-The Itasca County Historical Society will be expanding to the top floor of Central School this fall as it takes over the lease previously held by the Itasca Art Association.

 

1999

Aug. 22, 1999-The Blandin Foundation Board approved a major grant of $2.2 million to the Itasca County Family YMCA for an expansion. This grant will enable it to add 9,500 square feet for a fitness/aerobics/multipurpose area, a new childcare center, new family locker room, and other facility remodeling.

 

Aug. 25, 1999-The best location for a new Grand Rapids Middle School is the Golf Course Road site. That’s the ruling of a majority of the I.D. 318 School Board.

 

Aug. 25, 1999-More methamphetamine has been seized in Itasca County – this time in rural Warba.

 

2009

Aug. 23, 2009-The Grand Rapids Airport, specifically, amending the airport’s joint powers agreement between the City of Grand Rapids and Itasca County, was the topic of a special meeting.

 

Aug. 23, 2009-The boards of directors of Grand Rapids Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Range Regional Health Services in Hibbing and VIrginia Regional Medical Center have agreed to form a proactive partnership.

 

Aug. 23, 2009-Gerald Stejskal of Grand Rapids and Helen Rudolph of Bovey have been named the 2009 Outstanding Senior Volunteers of Itasca County.

 

Aug. 26, 2009-Viewing anything other than an approval vote as disrespect to the very heart of the Iron Range, Itasca County Commissioners unanimously authorized a Buy American Policy for the steel to be used in the construction of the county’s rail road.

 

Aug. 26, 2009-A joint powers agreement was approved which will give management of the Grand Rapids Airport over to Itasca County.

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